The Los Angeles Angels acquire Jose Valdez from the Tigers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 8 June 2016 at 7:31 am

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired 26-year old righty reliever Jose Valdez from the Detroit Tigers for cash considerations.  Valdez pitched in 16 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Tigers earlier this year and he was 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.  Valdez pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Tigers last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  Valdez was worth taking a flier on, as I always like deals where you are only giving up cash considerations.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Javy Guerra again

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 8 June 2016 at 7:26 am

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 30-year old righty reliever Javy Guerra for assignment for the second time this year.  Guerra pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 0-0 with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 153 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 6-9 with 30 saves, a 2.99 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.

UPDATE:  (6/11/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Javy Guerra to AAA.

The Los Angeles Angels have placed Joe Smith on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 8 June 2016 at 7:23 am

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 32-year old righty reliever Joe Smith on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left hamstring.  Smith has pitched in 25 games (0 starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 1-3 with 6 saves, a 3.91 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  Smith has been pitching hurt the last couple of weeks, so the Angels were right to finally put him on the D.L.  25-year old righty reliever Mike Moran has been called back up to replace Smith in the bullpen.  Moran has pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Angels earlier this year and he is 1-1 with a 5.09 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

Victor Alcantara isn’t going to be pitching for the Los Angeles Angels any time soon

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 7 June 2016 at 1:18 pm

23-year old righty starting pitcher Victor Alcantara came into this season as the Los Angeles Angels‘ #4 prospect according to Baseball America.  He has pitched in 11 games (all starts) in AA-ball so far this year for the Angels and he is 2-3 with a 3.98 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  He has given up 55 hits and 21 walks while whiffing 37 batters in his first 54 1/3 innings so far this year in the minors.  Alcantara has now pitched in 96 games (84 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 23-30 with 1 save, a 4.59 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  Look for the Angels to continue to take things slowly with Alcantara.

The Los Angeles Angels are calling up David Huff

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 7 June 2016 at 10:54 am

The Los Angeles Angels are calling up 31-year old lefty David Huff to start tonight against the Yankees in New York.  Huff has pitched in 15 games (3 starts) in AAA-ball for the Royals and Angels and he is 1-2 with 1 save, a 4.58 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  Huff has pitched in 118 games (55 starts) in his first 7 years in the majors and he is 25-28 with a 5.08 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  In his first 55 games that he has started so far in his career in the show, he is 17-27 with a 5.62 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  How long Huff stays with the Angels will be up to him.

The Los Angeles Angels place Nick Tropeano on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Saturday 4 June 2016 at 12:46 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 25-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Tropeano on the D.L.  Tropeano has pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Angels so far this year and he is 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.  He has worked 55 1/3 innings so far this year for the Angels and he has given up 58 hits (8 homers) and 28 walks while whiffing 54 batters.  He has now pitched in 18 games (17 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 6-4 with a 3.48 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  This is a big blow to the Angels, as they don’t have much rotation depth in the organization.

C.J. Cron is starting to heat up at the plate for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 4 June 2016 at 6:38 am

26-year old righty swinging 1B C.J. Cron got off to a slow start in April for the Los Angeles Angels, but he is heating up at the plate lately.  Since May 1st, Cron has played in 28 games for the Angels in which he is 27 of 96 (.281 avg) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers, 20 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Cron has now played in 49 games overall so far this year for the Angels and he is 41 of 165 (.248 avg, .692 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 5 homers, 24 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Cron is tied for 3rd in homers, #4 in RBIs and #5 in runs scored for the Angels so far this year.  The Angels desperately need Cron to keep up the good work at the plate.

The Los Angeles Angels call up Javy Guerra

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 1 June 2016 at 8:16 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have called up 30-year old righty reliever Javy Guerra.  Guerra pitched in 4 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Angels and he was 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 2.33 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 150 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 6-9 with 30 saves, a 2.99 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  The Angels hope that Guerra is better for them the second time around.

The Los Angeles Angels have placed Cliff Pennington back on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 1 June 2016 at 8:13 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have placed 31-year old switch-hitting infielder Cliff Pennington back on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left hamstring.  Pennington has played in 27 games so far this year for the Angels and he is 16 of 58 (.276 avg, .740 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs.  Pennington only lasted 3 games this time before going back on the D.L.  In those three games, Pennington was 6 for 12 (.500 avg) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  The Angels hope that Pennington can stay healthy a little longer the next time he comes off the D.L.

The Los Angeles Angels call up Jefry Marte

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 31 May 2016 at 7:29 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have called up 24-year old righty swinging 3B Jefry Marte.  Marte played in 3 games earlier this year for the Angels and he was 2 for 6 (.333 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 1 RBI.  He has now played in 36 games in his first two years in the show and he is 19 of 86 (.221 avg, .717 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 4 homers and 12 RBIs.  To make room on the roster for Marte, the Angels have sent 23-year old switch-hitting infielder Kaleb Cowart back to AAA.  Cowart played in 3 games for the Angels this time around and he was 1 for 6 (.167 avg, .333 OPS).  He has now played in 37 games in his first two years with the Angels and he is only 9 for 52 (.173 avg, .515 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base.

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